July 10, 2023
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Season 04 Reloaded — Vondel Waterfront Map Intel
The Mission: Detailing the map, tactics, and tips for a 6v6 Multiplayer map inspired by the Floating District of southwestern Vondel.
July 10, 2023
The Boys are Ready to Run This Town — just in time for Battle Royale in Vondel, the epic conclusion to the RAID Special Ops experience, and more in Season 04 Reloaded of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Warzone.
The Boys are Ready to Run This Town — just in time for Battle Royale in Vondel, the epic conclusion to the RAID Special Ops experience, and more in Season 04 Reloaded of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Warzone.
Task Force 141 members are in captivity. Vondel is a complete Warzone™. [[REDACTED]] is moving quick on their master plan to shake the foundation of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II . . . and The Boys are here too: They may be “experts at exterminating Supes,” but can they hunt down Operators now? Well, if they insist . . .
This is Season 04 Reloaded of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Warzone™. This content update launches on Wednesday July 12 at 9 AM PT across all platforms.
Expect Patch Notes led by Infinity Ward and Raven Software to be released prior to the release of Season 04 Reloaded.
Additional development support is provided by (in alphabetical order) Activision Central Design, Activision Localization Dublin, Activision QA, Activision Shanghai, Beenox, Demonware, High Moon Studios, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Team RICOCHET, Toys for Bob, and Treyarch.
Ready to run this town? Then take all that Resurgence experience and get ready to drop back in for the traditional Battle Royale experience, for the first time on Vondel.
Up to 72 players can play in a Vondel Battle Royale match, and in the launch window, there will be dedicated Quads, Trios, Duos, and Solos Playlists.
Other than that, it’s a Warzone Battle Royale at its core. Encroaching circle collapses, Loadout Drops, and limited lives with one opportunity — at most — to earn a second chance through the Gulag …
Vondel has a dedicated Gulag at mid-season launch, as the wine cellar and dungeon beneath the Castle have been cleared and there are way too many Operators thinking they can take that second chance for granted.
At its core, this Gulag is a three-lane map designed for 1v1 combat. The center features a circular structure with an opening facing the two main spawn points. This might feel familiar, and it should: It appears the architects responsible for Vondel’s Gulag took inspiration from a certain Prison Complex Showers….
Although action will naturally funnel into the center — especially during overtime — these spawn areas have their own facilities for Operators to clean up and take cover.
In Warzone, there is the main Al Mazrah Battle Royale map, as well as two Resurgence maps — the newer map Vondel and Ashika Island — as well as some additional DMZ locations like Building 21.
In recognizing this, as well as Call of Duty’s two-decade-long history and its future, a map rotation system – Rotating Resurgence Playlists – will be introduced to Warzone in Season 04 Reloaded for Resurgence modes only.
After a certain amount of time specified in-game, the Rotating Resurgence Playlists will shift from Vondel to Ashika Island and vice versa for a given squad size.
Simply grab your squad — or just fly Solo — and get ready to switch gears when your Resurgence AO shifts from Ashika Island to Vondel and back again.
The best Resurgence squads should prove their mettle by winning back-to-back matches in Vondel and Ashika Island, and the truly elite can go on winning streaks for hours while (virtually) jet-setting between those two locales.
Occupation Scan in Effect
“If you can’t identify the target, you are the target” — Captain Price, Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® (2019).
The Occupation Scan, an in-match event that Warzone veterans remember well from another island, is coming to Vondel due to increased hostile activity.
As Price would say, “maintain a low profile” and go prone or dive underwater when an Occupation Scan begins. Otherwise, the scan identifies and marks all Operators who fail to get down. Once that happens, there is a limited amount of time before Occupation Scan exposure runs out, so use that to your advantage.
Signals Intelligence Contract
Another new feature to Vondel Battle Royale and Resurgence game modes is the Signals intelligence Contract, which originally appeared in DMZ.
Just like in DMZ, this Contract requires an Operator – or their squad – to go around hacking three contract phones.
However, this contract is now fine-tuned for Battle Royale and Resurgence – know that you are on the clock to get to these phones and try to stay alive to keep the cash flow going.
Portable Redeploy Drone (P.R.D.)
Get ready to fly on your own, Operator.
Warzone veterans knows how this works for the most part: the drone’s miniature energy reactors help you ascend well above structures until it explodes. You can hop off the drone at any time, or wait until it reaches its apex to get maximum height.
Unlike the Personal Redeploy Drones in the past, the Portable Redeploy Drone can only be employed by a single Operator. Instead of using cables attached to a drone, an Operator hangs onto the drone itself in order to fly high into the air.
This Vondel-only Field Upgrade will not available in DMZ, so Operators heading into Extraction Zones should use those boots on the ground or a vehicle instead.
Late-Breaking Intel: DMZ
Prior to the Patch Notes drop on July 12 when more details will be revealed, in Season 04 Reloaded, DMZ players should expect new options for Plea for Help, and new mechanics for Assimilation. Additionally, Squads specifically hunting other Players may find themselves the target of a new Hunt Contract.
[WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST THREE RAID MISSIONS AHEAD. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND PLAYING THOSE BEFORE READING AHEAD SHOULD YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE STORY FOR YOURSELF.]
“48 hours ago, goat herders in the Sattiq mountains discovered an entrance to what appears to be an abandoned bunker, dug in the hillside. Closer inspection determined the hatchway was an inlet to what could be a fortified Soviet-era fallout shelter . . . or something more.” — Kate Laswell, Modern Warfare II
Al-Qatala controls an underground bunker containing missiles. Price, Gaz, and Farah discover this as they search for missing Task Force 141 members on the Urzikstan border. Alex is one of those missing members; he is mostly off the grid after his heroic acts during Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® (2019).
The three TF141 Operators navigate through flooded tunnels and ultimately end up at the base of a missile silo. They ascend the silo and, at the top, realize the following:
The good news is Alex — a “man o’ steel,” per Gaz — is here. Not only that, but the missile is still here, too . . . The only problem is that its payload isn’t, it was just smuggled out of the facility by Farah’s brother: AQ asset Hadir.
Gaz leaves to establish comms with Laswell while Alex and the remaining crew push deeper into the base. . . . Until they are ultimately captured by Hadir, flanked by two elite AQ soldiers, and sent to individual jail cells.
Atomgrad will conclude in Season 04 Reloaded with an intense RAID experience for a squad of three Operators.
Whether that’s you and two friendlies or two mercenaries from the Call of Duty community (using the in-game “Looking for Party” feature), it is mission critical that you finish what you started here.
"Be careful who you trust, Sergeant. People you know can hurt you the most." — Ghost, Modern Warfare II
Just like the Kunstenaar District, Vondel Waterfront is an area of the larger Warzone Vondel map that — as of Season 04 Reloaded — will be available for Multiplayer experiences.
However, unlike in the larger Vondel map there are a number of changes to this area of town, made specifically to optimize 6v6 Multiplayer action. Operators cannot swim underneath the houseboats and need to keep action mostly on “land” — that is, the pontoon homes on the water and the decks connecting this district together. Additionally, several of the buildings are boarded up, and two of the available four traversable buildings have new coats of paint – Red and Blue – that mark the most prominent positions on the map.
While using the water for stealth maneuvers is an effective strategy, think about employing the Ghost Perk, Dead Silence, Counter-UAVs, suppressors, and other tools to maintain a low profile.
Otherwise, prepare for constant action in and around the abandoned dwellings that can act as great cover.
More intel on this new map here.
“A fully-automatic 12-gauge shotgun.”
If pump and double-action Shotguns are designed for greater range and accuracy, the full-auto MX Guardian is here to dish out damage up close. Operators who challenge the MX Guardian within its effective range without taking cover should think twice; countering this new tool means getting out of its effective range or going full fisticuffs with a Riot Shield or Melee weapon.
A truly versatile platform, the MX Guardian when properly equipped grants access to semi-auto, burst-fire, and full-auto modes—all of which can be equipped with Slug rounds to give Battle Rifles a run for their money in the mid-range. For those who are ready to wield this power, know that it packs some serious recoil in addition to limited range—though most would consider this a small price to pay for its powerhouse damage output and combat flexibility.
While the KV Broadside reigned supreme in close to mid-range engagements for a time, the MX Guardian has arrived to usurp the close-range crown. Equip the MX Guardian in your favorite close-quarters Loadout in Multiplayer or slot it in as an Overkill Secondary Weapon for room clearing in Warzone to maximize success.
Unlock the MX Guardian via New Battle Pass Challenge
Did you notice that [CLASSIFIED] Sector in the Battle Pass you couldn’t unlock until mid-season?
This Sector is now ready for you to access, has an additional five items to unlock, and its HVT is the new MX Guardian base weapon. Accessing this Sector requires the completion of at least one adjacent Sector (D2, D3, D4, D5, D6, or D7) and all adjacent sectors are very close to either the initial or BlackCell starting position.
That means you can immediately get to the [CLASSIFIED] Sector if you already unlocked at least one of those sectors. If not, then an easy unlock to get from one of the starting positions – the standard one or BlackCell – over to the [CLASSIFIED] Sector.
Unlike a traditional Battle Pass Sector, all five items in the special MX Guardian Sector are unlocked through a set of challenges:
These challenges are designed to help Operators understand the characteristics of this weapon class: A Shotgun can be hip-fired for fast damage up close or aimed down sight for longer-range fights. Also, a buckshot to the head within a Shotgun’s effective range most likely means a one-shot elimination in core Multiplayer modes.
Get these simple challenges done, and that MX Guardian base weapon is yours.
“We're your best pals, aren’t we?” – Buster Beaver, The Boys (Ep. 307)
The Supes are here to save Vondel, Al Mazrah, and the Modern Warfare II universe . . . whether we want them to exterminate rival Operators or not.
For those unfamiliar with Vought International, The Boys is a TV show on our watch list. In their world, superheroes exist alongside non-superpowered human beings, and their work is recognized by the community . . . both good, bad, and downright ugly.
And all that includes the use of a mutagenic super serum known as “Temp V.”
Temp V in Call of Duty . . . Temporarily
The Temp V Field Upgrade: Vought International’s proprietary blend that is near-perfect for anyone wanting to be a Supe.
Near-perfect, of course. Upon consuming it, Temp V grants one of four random superpowers in your Field Upgrade slot, though it doesn’t act like a usual Field Upgrade. Once you use Temp V, you’re then free to activate this power whenever you wish… But if you’re eliminated from combat before activating the power, then like a normal Field Upgrade, it is lost upon death.
Also, all traditional Field Upgrades appear to dispel Temp V’s effects… Operator test subjects picking up a Munitions Box, Dead Silence, or any other Field Upgrade lost that power (or the Temp V shot).
Here are the four different superpowers that Temp V can result in:
Charge Jump – Operators who love fast movement techniques — or maybe remember a Haunting or two —know how much a Charge Jump propels them across the map in leaps and bounds. Just like Queen Maeve, an Operator doesn’t suffer any fall damage when they land from a Charge Jump; in fact they deal splash damage to anyone or anything within a short radius of the Operator’s landing spot.
Electric Shockwave – To put it simply, “electricity goes in, blast comes out.” This shockwave sends a powerful electrical explosion that injures Operators and AI Combatants, as well as destroys vehicles and equipment. Think of this as a super-EMP that – like the other abilities – can help turn the tide of teamfights.
Laser Vision: Upon activation, an Operator levitates and fires a laser beam that sears through enemy targets in whatever direction they are looking. It’s just like one of many powers that Homelander has, but it does leave the user open to backfire.
Teleport: Forget normal on-foot navigation throughout Vondel; Teleport warps an Operator upward, which is extremely helpful when trying to escape a fight or move to higher ground. And unlike when Hughie Campbell does it, your Operator Skin isn’t affected in any way – no lost clothing, in other words – whenever this happens.
As you might expect, Temp V is accessible all Warzone playlists, including DMZ, except Ranked Play. The very best Ranked Warzone players don’t need a Temp V injection and should heed Starlight’s advice on their road to Top 250:
“You don’t need powers. You just need to be human." — Starlight, The Boys (Ep. 305)
Otherwise, expect Temp V to be a lot rarer in DMZ compared to Battle Royale modes.
Diabolical Camo Challenges
Ready to paint the town red?
Diabolical Camo Challenges is the third installment of the new mid-season tradition: a set of challenges for every weapon class to prove your total arsenal mastery.
This time, the Diabolical Camo Challenges grants two camouflages, the first of which is a Vought-approved gray camouflage, which can be used on every weapon in a specific class once you complete that classes’ specific challenge. Here are all the Diabolical Camo Challenges:
All these challenges, of course, need to be done while using a weapon from the designated category. And these challenges may align with other challenges for Daily rewards, Camos, or Calling Cards.
With that said, the term “enemy” not only refers to Operators, but also to AI Combatants, such as the ones you see in DMZ. So, for the Sidearm and Melee challenges, it may be easier to play some DMZ or the Multiplayer mode Invasion and pick off those AI Combatants instead.
Complete all ten to unlock a superbly diabolical (and extremely red) universal camouflage, which can be used on all weapons once unlocked, and a Weapon Charm, which proves mastery of this event.
Operators versus Superheroes — A Very Special Limited Edition of Warzone
All around Vondel and Al Mazrah, the Supes from The Boys made their presence known with some super publicity by way of murals and billboard ads. But for those who want to know who will be dropping into all the action in Season 04 Reloaded, here’s the intel on The Boys Operator Bundles:
“No one’s the new me, pal.” — Soldier Boy, The Boys (Ep. 306)
Ready to be Starlight, Homelander, or Black Noir? Think you can lace up those boots and join The Boys or The Seven when the Bundles launch?
Good news, there are three super-Bundles for you in Season 04 Reloaded:
The Boys: Starlight
“If you jump ship and you let the [[REDACTED]] steer, then you’re part of the problem.” — Starlight, The Boys (Ep. 208)
The Boys: Starlight Bundle, priced at 2,400 COD Points, features Starlight — the ever-burning bright doer of good — as an Operator.
Starlight trades in her powers for three Tracer Weapon Blueprints with Dismemberment built for short- to midrange combat — the “Des Moines Defender” Assault Rifle, the Pro-Tuned “World Saver” SMG, and the “Blinding Light” Sidearm — unless it’s a Finishing Move. In that case, it would be time for some “Necessary Evil,” which is perfect to put an exclamation point on a successful close-range engagement.
The Bundle also includes a Weapon Charm, Loading Screen, Weapon Sticker, and Emblem. This Bundle is scheduled to be available on July 12.
The Boys: Homelander
“I am done apologizing. I am done being persecuted for my strength. You need me to save you. You do. I am the only one who possibly can. You're not the real heroes. I'm the real hero.” — Homelander, The Boys (Ep. 302)
The Boys: Homelander Bundle, priced at 2,400 COD Points, includes “the only man in the sky,” Homelander. He comes with an absolutely wicked “Laser Everyone” Finishing Move, as well as three Tracer Weapon Blueprints with Dismemberment:
The first is the “Bravado” Assault Rifle, the second is the Pro-Tuned “Vought Issue” Assault Rifle, and the third is the Pro-Tuned “Superiority Complex” SMG. With those powers combined, any Operator can be super-scary anywhere from close to medium range and look the part of Homelander by playing as him.
This Bundle also includes a Weapon Decal, Emblem, Loading Screen, and Weapon Charm. This Bundle is scheduled to be available on July 16.
The Boys: Black Noir
“I can see through that mask. I mean, literally, I can see your face. I can tell when you’re happy, sad, telling the truth, lying.” — Homelander to Black Noir, The Boys (Ep. 302)
The Boys: Black Noir Bundle, priced at 2,400 COD Points, includes the Operator that was once Homelander’s best friend. Now Black Noir is ready to silence anyone standing in his path to victory.
He achieves this with two Tracer Weapon Blueprints with Dismemberment, the “Unspoken Word” Sniper Rifle Blueprint and the “Quiet Rage” Assault Rifle Blueprint. Additionally included are “Noir’s Blades,” a melee tool that completes a stealth loadout with either of those two Primary Weapons. Once he gets too close to Operators, Black Noir can perform the “Shhh” Finishing Move included in this Bundle, a devastating yet silent attack that puts Operators to sleep permanent rest. All of these tools are at your disposal with this Bundle, custom-built for stealth situations across all modes.
There is also a Weapon Charm, Loading Screen, Weapon Sticker, and Emblem included in this Bundle. This Bundle is scheduled to be available on July 20.
In addition to the above bundles, the Store will include additional bundles as part of the Reloaded update.
One notable bundle is Pro Pack 6: Graffiti Tactical available for $19.99 USD or your regional equivalent.
In addition to 2,400 COD Points, which can be used on any other Bundle you see here or in the Store (or for the Battle Pass), this Pro Pack includes a new Operator Skin for Chuy that puts him in full graffiti artist gear. In DMZ, this Operator Skin automatically awards a two-plate armor plate vest on every deployment.
He’ll paint the walls with the “Express Yourself” SMG and the “Street Legal” Assault Rifle, both of which are built for close-range engagements in Modern Warfare II and Warzone.
This Pro Pack also includes a Weapon Charm, Loading Screen, Emblem, and Weapon Sticker.
Get those claws out to tear into this Bundle’s details, which are purrfect for an Operator who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. . .
Priced at 2,400 COD Points, Whisker Tango features two new Operator Skins: Sgt. Pspsps and Sgt. Sprinkles. The Operator Skins come with a free Self-Revive for DMZ – you may not have nine lives, but this will at least give you an extra chance – as well as an additional Operator Slot.
The Bundle also includes two Weapon Blueprints — the “Cat Scratch” Assault Rifle for midrange play and the “Pouncer” SMG for up-close catfights — as well as a new Vehicle Skin, fishbone Weapon Charm, a Vinyl, five Stickers, and an Emblem.
One of the most premium Bundles in the Store is worth its weight in crystal.
Priced at 2,800 COD Points, Reactive Pack: Soulless includes an incredible “Spectral Ghost” Operator Skin that replaces Ghost’s mask with one of pure crystal.
In addition to that, this bundle has the “Absolution” Assault Rifle and the “Mercy” SMG Weapon Blueprints. Both Primary Weapons are reactive and consume the souls of the fallen whenever they deal the final blow…
This Bundle also includes a crystal Combat Knife Weapon Blueprint, a crystal Throwing Knife Lethal Equipment variant, a Weapon Charm, a Sticker, a Loading Screen, and an animated Emblem.
For $29.99, BlackCell includes over 7,000 COD Points of value (based on comparable in-game store bundles):
For more information, check out the dedicated Season 04 Battlepass and BlackCell blog here.
Prime Gaming and Call of Duty teamed up to provide all Prime members with free Bundles for use in Modern Warfare II and Warzone.
Right now, you can claim the Track Rivals Bundle, which includes the “Straight Away” Sniper Rifle and “Speed Boost” SMG Weapon Blueprints, two great weapons for an Overkill Loadout in Battle Royale. It also has two Vehicle Skins — one for the UTV and another for the Hatchback — and a Weapon Sticker.
This Bundle is available only until July 20, at which point a new free Bundle will be available for Prime Gaming members to collect.
The overhauled LFP (Looking for Party) system helps players find parties with similar communication styles and playstyle preferences. The following changes were made to improve player experience based on community feedback:
Dynamic Preferences: In addition to communication types, an expanded preference list includes primary and secondary playstyle options (e.g., focus on faction missions or competitive versus casual playstyles).
Advertise Your Party: Party leaders can broadcast your existing party and attract individuals who share similar preferences. Fill up your squad with compatible teammates before diving into the action for more collaborative and team-based play.
Browse Parties and Join: No more waiting around! Players can now explore a list of available parties with matching preferences to join them immediately. Note: Exact matches only.
Quality-of-Life Improvements: Bugs were fixed and the overall user interface was improved to ensure a smoother experience.
To access Party Browser, click “Find a Party.” After selecting a mode and entering the lobby, the player can either advertise their existing party or browse available pools.
The World Series of Warzone Global Final will be held at the legendary Copper Box Arena in London on September 16.
Trios from around the world have climbed the ladder to become the best 50 trios but only one will be crowned Global Champion. This one-day live final is shaping up to be an incredible conclusion to an already action-packed year.
The presale for tickets begins July 17. To sign up, click here.
With countries being represented from around the world, this message is for all Call of Duty fans:
We have one mission for you:
Make us proud, be loud, and stay frosty.
WSOW Designated Driver Pack to Be Added in Season 04 Reloaded
Every squad needs a designated driver, the person who is not going to full-send a Hatchback into the rivers of Al Mazrah.
Enter the WSOW Designated Driver Pack, a 1,500 COD Point Bundle featuring the “Speed Demon” Operator Skin for the official Call of Duty League (Male) Operator. Yes, it is a crash suit, because the roads get a bit dicey out there in the Warzone, especially in Ranked Play.
There is also the “Take the Wheel” Weapon Blueprint, built as a high-capacity midrange option that can fit in a traditional Battle Royale Loadout. Plus, this Bundle includes a Calling Card, an Emblem, a one-hour Double XP Token, and a one-hour Double Weapon XP Token.
Congratulations to the New York Subliners (NYSL) — Season MVP Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez, Cesar “Skyz” Bueno, Preston “Priestahh” Greiner, substitute Elliot “WarDy” Ward, Head Coach Ehsan “DREAL” Javed, and MVP Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley” — for winning it all on June 18, 2023.
The team took home the coveted $1 million first-place earnings, along with Championship jackets and some sweet shoes from the great artist KidWiseman.
This was the largest Call of Duty esports event ever: The sold-out Championship Weekend saw more than 3.9 million hours of broadcast watched, and a live audience of 23,000+ throughout the weekend. The tournament solidified a record-breaking year as the CDL’s most-watched season yet, with 40 million+ hours watched throughout.
And the team that cemented their place in history were the New York Subliners, whose collective skills and mindset could be simply summarized in just one word: “resilient.”
Although this squad was swept out of the Winners Final — and despite finishing the season in third place — NYSL defeated the #1 squad in the Regular Season Atlanta FaZe, then dropped the team that sent them down into that Elimination Finals match — Toronto Ultra — with a 5-0 series sweep in front of thousands of fans.
With five stages of competition that saw them play plenty of matches online and offline, resiliency is a part of the New York Subliners’ mindset to success. And it’s one ability that any player aspiring to be a world champion — or just win their next Ranked Play match — should have if they want to succeed.
But for now, congratulations once again to the entire New York Subliners for winning the 2023 Call of Duty League Championship, and thank you to all teams, fans, and staff for an incredible 2023 season.
Until 2024, happy offseason.
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Grab this board — and this collection as a whole — before it is gone, because this drop is limited in quality!
Haven’t experienced Modern Warfare II yet?
You are missing out on Premium XP while playing Warzone, quick ways to level up over 50 Weapons through Multiplayer and Special Ops, Multiplayer Ranked Play and its exclusive rewards, and the ability to unlock 14 exclusive Operators to use across both games.
Plus, those who own Modern Warfare II can access content coming as part of Season 04, including all four episodes of the RAID Special Ops experience, seven additional Multiplayer maps across Gunfight, Core 6v6 modes, Battle Maps for all-out Ground War skirmishes, and more.
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